Evans Blue announces the departure of drummer Howard 'H-Bomb' Davis and the name of his replacement -- the news comes as the band is at work on their still-untitled fourth studio album.

Evans Blue announced via press release today that they will be moving forward without Howard Davis, who has played with the band since their 2007 album 'The Pursuit.' Vocalist Dan Chandler had this to say when asked about the Howard's departure:

"We seemed to be moving in different directions musically, so we mutually agreed that it was time to move on. We wish Howard all the best."

The band will be joined by St. Louis native and longtime friend of Chandler's Mike McClure. A new version of the first single from the forthcoming record, 'This Time It's Different,' featuring McClure will be released in a couple of weeks. The band also promises to release another track from the record in time for Christmas.

Howard also took the opportunity to say farewell to his fans, let them know that he is leaving on good terms, and encouraged them to welcome his replacement in this statement posted on Evans Blue's Facebook page:

"I want to say I will always be grateful to Evans Blue for the opportunity I was given. They are some of the best guys I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. Our fans are the best and I will treasure the connection we shared. I  gave u my heart and soul every show and u let me know it was felt. This change is for the best, I believe that through and through, there's nothing I want more than to see EB succeed. I was a fan before and will continue to be. There is no beef with any of the members of EB. I want ya'll to welcome Mike McClure with open arms, he's a good friend of mine, a damn good drummer too and I'm happy he has an opportunity to live his dream as I have and will continue to...I love u all, Hbomb."

The band's first show with their new drummer will be at the Banana 101.5 'Binge Before Christmas' on December 9th at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan.

Evans Blue - 'This Time It's Different'